The Panel was announced on 3 April 2020, as part of the publication of Sir Ross Cranston’s recommendations for the Re-review Process.
The Panel will be chaired by retired High Court Judge, Sir David Foskett. Sir David is joined on the Panel by Philippa Hill, Partner at Grant Thornton and expert forensic accountant in her personal capacity, as well as Andrew Hildebrand, a leading commercial mediator.
Sir David Foskett is a former judge of the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, a position he held from 2007 until his retirement in 2019. Following his retirement, he has since returned to private practice as an arbitrator and mediator. He is the principal author of ‘Foskett on Compromise’, the leading practitioner’s text on the settlement of litigation, the 9th edition of which was published this year.
Sir David became a QC in 1991 and throughout his career as a barrister was involved as an advocate in a large number of high value damages claims and dealt with many during his time as a judge. During the latter period in practice as a barrister he also became qualified as a mediator, acting in a wide variety of cases ranging from commercial disputes to lawyer negligence to aviation accidents. He also became the Treasurer of Gray’s Inn in 2018. A fuller CV can be found here.
Philippa Hill is a Partner in the Forensic & Investigation Services team of Grant Thornton. She has been a qualified accountant for over 20 years and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Since specialising in forensic accountancy she has acted in several complex criminal and regulatory enquiries, including fraud, money-laundering and false accounting.
She acts as expert witness or adviser, investigating and assessing the impact in cases of alleged contractual and regulatory breaches and professional negligence. Additionally, Philippa has experience as an expert determiner, being jointly engaged by both parties to resolve contractual disputes. She joins the Panel in her personal capacity. A fuller CV can be found here.
Andrew Hildebrand is one of the UK’s leading commercial mediators and is ranked as such by both Legal 500 and Chambers.
He has acted as an independent mediator and arbitrator for 12 years and is in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame.
With his background working in industry for over 20 years, Andrew is often brought in early to mediate sensitive cases, including between individuals and institutions, or between business partners or family members, a subject he addresses in STEP’s ‘Business Families & Family Businesses’ Handbook. He is adept at preventing problems escalating and getting relationships back on track. As well as successfully mediating a wide range of complex UK and multi-national commercial and insurance related cases, Andrew regularly mediates Entertainment, Media, & Sport, Licensing/Distribution, Professional Negligence, Partnership/Shareholder and Trust & Probate disputes.
Andrew was previously a Partner at law firm Mishcon de Reya and Director of Business Affairs at FilmFour. A fuller CV can be found here.
The Panel will instruct financial, legal, and communications teams to provide support and advice to the Panel only.
FTI Consulting LLP, who advised Sir Ross during the Cranston Review, will assist with the financial assessment of individual cases. Project Associates, a strategic communications consultancy who also worked on the Cranston Review, will support the Panel’s engagement with stakeholders.
Additionally, barristers from 39 Essex Chambers will support the legal aspect of the Panel’s work and engagement with Customers early in the Re-Review process. Customer engagement will be led by Jonathan Bellamy and David Bradly.
Jonathan Bellamy is a barrister (call 1986) in independent practice at 39 Essex Chambers, London. He has an established litigation and arbitration practice in commercial law, including banking and finance. Jonathan advises and acts for individuals and institutions in commercial and regulatory banking and finance disputes. In addition to his Counsel practice, Jonathan is a practising Chartered Arbitrator in commercial disputes and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He sits as a Recorder of the Civil and Crown Courts. He has extensive experience of dealing with self-represented individuals and proactive case management. Jonathan is also a CEDR accredited mediator.
Further professional details may be found at www.39essex.com/barrister/jonathan-bellamy.
David Bradly KC was called to the Bar in 1987 and practises in the field of regulatory law, representing registrants as well as regulators in tribunals and the Courts, and in claims for damages on behalf of Claimants. He has acted for individuals in public inquiries and has chaired panels of inquiry. In 2008, he was appointed as a Deputy District Judge, a role focused on case management and ensuring that the needs of unrepresented parties are met by the litigation process. Since 2018, David has been conducting case management and other hearings as a Recorder.
Further professional details may be found at www.39essex.com/barrister/david-bradly